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Local News in Brief : Counseling for Teens Funded

The South Bay Hospital District has established a $100,000 fund to provide more counseling for troubled teen-agers in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach.

The fund, approved by the district board for a year, will supplement financial support for counseling already provided by the cities, the state and Los Angeles County.

The fund will be administered by South Bay Juvenile Diversion, an agency set up by South Bay cities to evaluate teens in need of counseling and refer them to individual therapists or community agencies.

Just over $42,000 of the fund will be used to pay for individual and group counseling by Project Touch, a private, nonprofit counseling service in Hermosa Beach, said Philip Valera, executive director of the hospital district. He said about 500 teen-agers will be helped during the next year.

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